Sunday, April 13, 2008

I Survived Spring Break

Phew! It's over.

Spring Break has the potential to be fun or frustrating depending on weather and your kids activities.

My kids aren't old enough to go off on their own to Florida or some other vacation spot. And between you and me that's a long way off! Something I don't even want to think about. And, since we have lots planned for summer break -- vacations and visitors -- Rich can't take any time off for a family spring break trip.

So we were at home. And I am very impressed with how smoothly the week went.

The poor kids were bookended with shoe shopping on Monday and a trip to the car dealer on Friday (and yes I have to go back -- I don't know why but for some reason visits to the dealer always require multiple trips).

Since we're a family on a budget and we have so much going on this summer, I didn't want to spend too much money on trips and outings during the week.

Our mission: Find free (or inexpensive) things to do!

We were really lucky this year. The weather cooperated for most of the week. We managed to get out to the play ground more than once. One time we had a picnic.

It seemed like all Josh's friends were either out of town or had family commitments. Luckily, there is a boy down the street that Josh plays with occasionally and he was around. This boy is 3 years older than Josh and I don't like to "encourage" the friendship, but for occasional play dates in our yard, it's fine.

At the book fair a few weeks ago, I got a book called "Last Minute Science Fair Projects" because Josh loves science. We did a few of the "experiments" in there. Josh particularly liked the marshmallows in the microwave experiment. Josh just wanted to do the experiment, but I made him read the questions and we analyzed and talked about the projects as well.

And on Friday, we went to see "Horton Hears a Who" as a family. It was a fantastic family movie. Great for little kids and parents. The boys are still talking about it. And okay, so the movie experience was not "inexpensive" but it was the only thing we did all week that cost any money, so it evened out!

So school starts back tomorrow. The boys are ready. I'm ready.


  1. Glad to hear that the weather cooperated and everyone had a great spring break! Things here are to get back to 'normal' tomorrow too....hard to believe summer will be here soon!

  2. Sounds like you guys had fun. I think it's important to teach our children about things that are both fun and free. There are so many great ways to have fun - museums, parks, the library - that I think people take forgranted.

  3. Sounds a lot like our spring break. We were going to see Horten Hears a Who, but then went to see Enchanted instead.

    We took our car in to get repairs and have found that we will have to take it back also.

    I am so glad that things can get back to normal around here too!

  4. Way to hang in there! Spring Break is always interesting break in the routine don't you think? LOL

  5. Horton Hears a Who was so cute! Good luck finding free things to do this summer, my kids only have 7 weeks of school left! So I need to start planning our summer activities too.


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